"When one may pay out over two million dollars to presidential and Congressional campaigns, the U.S. government is virtually up for sale."
"A wise and frugal Government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government, and this is necessary to close the circlue of our felicities."John W. Gardner on Thomas Jefferson
"The best argument against democracy is a five-minute conversation with the average voter."John W. Gardner on Winston Churchill
"I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country."John W. Gardner on Thomas Jefferson
"Government is not reason it is not eloquent it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master."John W. Gardner on George Washington
"Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil in its worst state, an intolerable one."John W. Gardner on Thomas Paine
"The hallmark of our age is the tension between aspirations and sluggish institutions."
"Life is the art of drawing without an eraser."
"Leaders come in many forms, with many styles and diverse qualities. There are quiet leaders and leaders one can hear in the next county. Some find strength in eloquence, some in judgment, some in courage."
"Much education today is monumentally ineffective. All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants."
"The ultimate goal of the educational system is to shift to the individual the burden of pursing his own education. This will not be a widely shared pursuit until we get over our odd conviction that education is what goes on in school buildings and nowhere else."